University Of Kansas Cheerleaders Got Suspended For 'KKK Go Trump' SnapBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Cheerleaders from the University of Kansas have been suspended for posting a racist photo on social media. The image was uploaded on one of the cheerleaders' Snapchat account.
KSNT.com reported that a University of Kansas cheerleader and three members of the spirit squad are suspended from cheering. This comes after a photo with the text "KKK Go Trump" was uploaded on the cheerleader's Snapchat account.
Lili Gagin, a member of the KU Cheer team, was the source of the snap. The picture showed three men lined up wearing holiday sweaters with a huge letter K on its front.
The publication noted that KU Athletics described Gagin's actions as "unacceptable." "She is suspended from cheering pending formal investigation. This behavior won't be tolerated. Will be dealt with appropriately," the organization's Twitter account reportedly said. The tweet has since been deleted.
Campus Sports noted that associate athletic director Jim Marchiony has confirmed that they are doing an investigation. This has also led to Gagin's suspension until the investigation is finished.
The KU cheerleader also took to Twitter to share her thoughts about the issue. She denied involvement on the photo.
"I'm appalled that a snapchat was put out on my snapchat and posted on my account," she wrote. "I would never of done that & I apologize that it happened."
Initially, only Gagin was suspended for the racist snap. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the university's official Twitter account announced on Tuesday that all four cheerleaders have been suspended.
"Update: The four (one female, three male) individuals referenced in the recent Snapchat incident are suspended from performing," the school wrote, "and will be remain suspended while Kansas Athletics and the University complete their inquiries into this incident."
Two months ago, a student from Kansas State University was kicked out for posting a racist snap. Paige Shoemaker and her friend Sadie Meier uploaded a photo of them wearing clay facial masks with the caption, "Feels good to finally be a n----r."